ACE Winches is a global leader in the design, manufacture and hire of winches and marine deck machinery. It also provides skilled personnel for the offshore oil and gas, marine and renewable energy sectors. The company employs 400 people growing from a base of 80 staff in 2008.
20% of Ace Winches’ workforce is in training, including 60 Modern Apprentices and 15 graduate engineers. The company's investment in training young recruits is a vital element of its business strategy. With an ageing workforce in the sector and a skills shortage globally, investing in new talent is essential for its development.
Shirley Butcher, HR Manager
ACE Winches starts young, firing the imagination of primary school children with engineering challenges and site visits.
In partnership with 17 secondary schools, it gives practical support to young people in the form of CV, interview skills and coaching sessions. It contributes to the curriculum, through engineering and marketing projects. Ace Winches also offers work experience opportunities and Saturday jobs to secondary school pupils and work placements for college and university students.
The company’s commitment to young people is also evident in its procurement approach. When building its new Towie Barclay Works campus, ACE Winches actively sourced contractors employing apprentices.
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